Croyde is a sleepy village on the North Devon Coastline, vibrant only to surfing and outdoor types it's a perfect escape for a activity holidays. The main hub in Croyde is The Thatch, a village pub, which caters for daytime and evening dining and drinking. The restaurant is old fashioned that makes it dark in places, so make sure they sit you in the pub area and not the main restaurant, unless you like diner style locations.
Croyde Beach gives great surf and there is a rescue service for peace of mind. Local surf shops, such as Surfing Croyde Bay give surf lessons every day throughout the summer period, with often ten or more in the group. If you get tired of the great surfing, Croyde offers many walks and pathways to explore, including Baggy Point. This pathway winds around the cliff tops taking in some amazing views of croyde bay, and neighboring farmlands. A great walk in the spring months of April and May, when the seabirds come to nest on the cliffs and the spring flowers are in bloom. Along the way you will find old whalebones and ponds full of wildlife, so great for young explorers.
Accommodation in Croyde ranges from camping to guesthouses and there is no shortage of either. Ruda Park, Parkdean offers a selection of static caravan and camping options, to suit your requirements. With an onsite pool and evening entertainment this is a great mid-cost holiday. During the summer months the camping is very popular due to the short 2 minutes walk to the beach, so book well in advance. Telephone: 0844 335 3450.
Alnmouth Beach, Northumberland:
The main beach at Alnmouth is popular with visitors as it provides great big sandy beaches and views north along the river Aln. The surfing is dependable on the weather, like most spots in the UK, but can deliver some swell perfect for surfing so book a lesson and go get wet. Northside Surf School is open all year. Places to stay in Alnmouth can be sourced locally, from hotels to bed and breakfasts. One B&B worth mentioning is The Sun Inn, known for its great hospitality and food, they offer a selection of double and twined room options. Tel: 01665 830983.
Hell's Mouth, Wales:
One of the best named beaches in the UK, Hell's Mouth Beach or Porth Neigwl gives a good swell in most directions. Best time to surf is at mid tide with a gentle offshore wind, where the waves will be cleaner and easier to ride. The beach is vast, so on windy days can be difficult to hide from the sand blowing around the cliffs.
Accommodation can be found cheaply at the Bunkhouse, on the Llyn Peninsula, with rooms costing just 18 per night, including breakfast. Telephone: 01758 713527 for reservations.